Book now for our first Halifax double-bill

FANTASTIQ is heading back to its Halifax base with a deliciously dark double-bill of devilish delights.

And tickets are already selling well for our May 6 presentation of Night of the Living Dead and Before Dawn, plus the accompanying Q&A with special guest Dominic Brunt, actor, writer and director of Before Dawn.

We’re screening at Square Chapel’s glorious new Copper Auditorium. Tickets are £12. You can book here.

FANTASTIQ Presents: Before Dawn/Night of the Living Dead Double Bill + Q&A



The daddy of underground cinema classics is 50 years old. Never seen Night of the Living Dead? See it on the big screen at Square Chapel courtesy of FANTASTIQ.

Sunday 6 May, Halifax


Before Dawn (18) 82mins

Dir: Dominic Brunt | 2013

Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, Nicky Evans, Eileen O’Brien



Estranged husband and wife Alex and Meg head to a remote cottage in a bid to salvage their marriage. But as their domestic drama is played out in isolation, a much bigger drama (the apocalypse) is slowly being played out elsewhere. And when a blood-soaked moorland wanderer attacks Meg their weekend hideaway turns into a genuine house of horror. Edgy, frenetic and terrifyingly claustrophobic – think Night of the Living Dead transposed to Hebden Bridge – Before Dawn is also powerfully original. Dominic Brunt’s clever little drama hints at the dawning of the end of the world and has the confidence to boil down events to just a handful of people who realise with growing horror that something is very, very wrong. It sets out to join the annals of traditional zombie movies whilst simultaneously offering a fresh take.


Screentalk: Dominic Brunt in conversation

One of the award-winning ensemble cast of TV’s long-running Emmerdale, Dominic Brunt is also forging a reputation as a writer, director and producer of acclaimed independent films. He made his debut with Before Dawn in 2013, following up with Bait and Adult Babies. He will be interviewed by Tony Earnshaw, director of FANTASTIQ, the Festival of Fantasy, Sci-Fi & Horror.



Night of the Living Dead (15) 96mins

Dir: George A. Romero | 1968

Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, Karl Hardman, Russell Streiner, Judith Ridley, Marilyn Eastman, Keith Wayne, Kyra Schon, George Kosana, Bill Cardille



Terror reigns. Panic is everywhere. The dead are returning to life and no-one can explain why. In a remote wooden farmhouse seven people fight for their lives against ever-increasing numbers of flesh-eating ghouls. One by one they are whittled down until, in a memorable shock finale, only a lone hero remains, cowering in the cellar as legions of ravenous zombies run amok. As the sun rises, he cautiously emerges into the dawn… In 1968 a new breed of horror film erupted onto American movie screens. Vilified by critics and ignored by distributors on its release, George A. Romero’s tense, audacious, ground-breaking shocker ushered in a new era of raw modern horror. Rightly championed by fans around the world, it is now revered as a seminal cult classic – a quasi-expressionist celluloid nightmare and the Citizen Kane of the horror ’B’s.


Book Tickets

Fabulous guest line-up for FANTASTIQ V


The line-up for our fabulous fifth edition of FANTASTIQ represents some of the classic years of ’70s and ’80s horror and sci-fi.

Please join us in welcoming horror tag-team NORMAN J.WARREN and DAVID McGILLIVRAY, the director/screenwriter combo responsible for the likes of Satan’s Slave (pictured with the delicious Candace Glendenning). Norman and David will be with us on Friday, April 28.

ALAN JW BELL was the director behind the BBC’s ground-breaking series The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. He will be making his first-ever festival appearance to talk about the beloved show and will offer an insight into why series 2 never happened. Alan joins us on Saturday, April 29. All six episodes of the show will be screened. He will also be signing copies of his book A Hitch in the Galaxy: Making a TV Legend.

Finally, we are thrilled to welcome LESLIE MEGAHEY on Sunday, April 30. Best known to fans of televisual terror as the director of the cult favourite Schalcken the Painter, he will be speaking about this timeless slice of TV, which is also screened.




First guest for FANTASTIQ V – April 28 to May 1

THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY July 2001 (l-r) DAVID DIXON as 'Ford Prefect' and SIMON JONES as 'Arthur Dent'

We are thrilled to be able to announce our first guest for FANTASTIQ V: it’s only director Alan JW Bell, the man who turned Douglas Adams’ radio series Hitch Hiker’s into ’80s TV reality. This is the first time Alan has spoken at a festival about the show. He’ll also be signing copies of his book about the making of the series. DON’T PANIC!


FANTASTIQ III – coming in May!

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Fantastiq is back for another packed weekend of films and events! With special guests – including JENNY AGUTTER and director PETER SASDY – on hand to discuss their work in the world of fantasy, sci-fi and horror cinema plus many exciting screenings including previews, short films and 35mm classics from the vaults, FANTASTIQ III is not to be missed.


This year’s event once again takes place at Derby QUAD

Friday 8 May to Sunday 10 May


Book your £50 weekend pass HERE or call the box office on 01332 290 606.



Fantastiq presents… Wicker Man and Robin Hardy

Fantastiq presents…


+ Director Robin Hardy in conversation

 Saturday 9 November, 7.30pm

Derby QUAD

Wicker Man 6Fantastiq is delighted to welcome filmmaker and patron Robin Hardy to a special event showcasing one of the most talked about British films ever made. Written by Anthony (Sleuth) Shaffer and directed by Robin Hardy, The Wicker Man endured an abortive release and years in the wilderness before it was rereleased in the late ‘70s, rapidly acquiring a cult reputation. The tale of a clash of faiths on a tiny island off the Scottish coast it sets a puritanical policeman against an elegantly menacing pagan laird (Christopher Lee giving the performance of his career) as he investigates a missing child. Part musical, part travelogue, part horror, part passion play The Wicker Man has been restored to something like its original cut and is presented in the presence of its director who will take part in a post-screening Q&A. (Print source: StudioCanal)


Stephen Volk joins Fantastiq line up

TEDxFRONT[1]We are thrilled to announce that the first special guest on the Fantastiq line-up will be the incredible Stephen Volk.

Novelist, anthologist and screenwriter, Stephen is the man behind GothicThe GuardianThe AwakeningAfterlife and, of course, the classic “Halloween Hoax” that was Ghostwatch.

Stephen will be in conversation about his career. And to tie-in with the centenary of Peter Cushing he will be officially launching his latest novella, Whitstable, published by Spectral Press. The event, which also includes screenings of Ghostwatch, The Deadness of Dad and the restored Hammer Dracula, is sponsored by Spectral Press.Spectral Logo 2

Richard Matheson, creator of I am Legend, dies at 87

rmathesonEveryone at FANTASTIQ is saddened by the news that Richard Matheson has died at the age of 87. Undoubtedly Matheson was one of the great fantasy writers of the 20th century with I am Legend being perhaps the book that propelled him to fame and an enduring legacy as a writer of deep and compelling sci-fi/horror. An original and wholly unique, he sits among the giants of fantasy fiction. He will be much missed.

Book your Fantastiq pass now

It’s getting closer. Delegate passes are now on sale for Fantastiq and can be booked via Derby QUAD here: